So, I’ve read newly grafted rootstocks should not be fertilized at all. The theory is that, if they receive better care in the garden bed than when they are ultimately transplanted, they will not “thrive” and they may become sickly, or die at their final destination(?) Is this an old wives’ tale? Should I give my baby apple trees a dosing of triple 10? I was late getting my B-118 (x20) and Antonovka (x11) starts planted this year (putting up the fencing), so they’ve only been in the bed about three weeks (Montana). The B-118 (from Cummin’s) had better root systems to begin than the (Fedco) Antonovka, and the B-118 are growing more quickly. Of my 31 starts, 3 are still kind of “iffy,” a couple more “maybe-ish,” and the rest have shoots one to four inches in length so far and look pretty good to me. Could be that the 85 degree heat with 30 MPH winds the day after planting, followed by 55 degree driving rains and 60 MPH winds in the following days might be a factor. So then, should I give them some triple 10 ahead of the better weather to come, or follow that advice from the “experts” who write the books…and just let my trees go all year without any help? I have a number of 2 y/o trees [still] in pots which have shoots from this year’s grafts over a foot long already! And there were many more of those before the deer came by the night before putting up my fence. Aa-a-gh! Live and learn, eh? Thanks in advance for the advice.